Weaving a bamboo beehive in Uganda

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Weaving a bamboo beehive in Uganda

Nelson Friday weaving a bamboo bee hive. In Uganda, bamboo hives are widely used. The hives are made using fresh bamboo which is easily split and woven to create strong yet light hives. It is easy to modify the size and shape to suit the beekeeper's style. The hives are then covered with a mix of cow dung, clay or ash. The narrow end is created with small holes for the bees, the wider end is closed with a removable honey door. Prior to siting, the hives are baited by placing over a cool fire of old brood comb and herbs.

In Uganda crafts-people sell bamboo hives for between £2.50 and £8.00. These low-cost hives are accessible to people with few financial resources, and the simple metric of more hives = more honey bee colonies = more honey - means that bamboo hives can be the key to unlocking the potential of beekeeping.

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